Birds Keep Niners Winless

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy runs against the 49ers on Sunday. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Final Score: Eagles 27; Niners 24
Eagles best number: 138 – LeSean McCoy’s total yards from scrimmage despite playing with a broken rib.
Eagles worst number: 25% – The Eagles 3rd-down conversion efficiency.
Eagles best play: Kevin Kolb avoided the 49ers pass rush while rolling right and buying time to find TE Brent Celek for an 8-yard TD pass to tie the game up in the first quarter.
Eagles worst play: At the end of the first half, Kolb was sacked by Niners LB Manny Lawson and lost the ball. It was recovered by the Niners but they failed on a last-second field goal before the half’s end.

Three stars
L. McCoy (PHI): 18 carries, 92 yards (5.1 YPC), TD. 5 catches, 47 yards… with a broken rib.
K. Kolb (PHI): 21/31, 253 yards, TD.
M. Crabtree (SF): 9 catches, 105 yards, TD.

Breaking down the game

Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb rolls out against the Niners. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

KOLB LOOKED STRONG — If Kevin Kolb really wants to be the future of the Eagles franchise, he will need to have more games that resembled Sunday night. Kolb completed 68% of his passes for 253 yards and a touchdown pass to TE Brent Celek.

The opening drive was probably Kolb’s best. Following a quick score by San Francisco, Kolb began the drive. His second pass was a 32-yard strike to Celek, who was wide open thanks to Kolb buying him time with his legs. Kolb went on to complete all six of his passes for 64 yards and capped it off with a touchdown to Celek to finish the 79-yard drive.

There were still mistakes made by Kolb but his efficient passing, composure in the pocket, and even some athletic plays to buy himself and his receivers time were all positives and that will be the key to his maturation as an NFL quarterback.

SHADY TOUGH — Shady McCoy is one tough SOB. I don’t care if he’s a professional. He had himself one helluva game despite playing on a broken rib. That is mental toughness. 138 yards from scrimmage which was highlighted by a 29-yard touchdown in the second quarter that made it a 17-7 game.

POOR SECONDARY — The defense had another mental breakdown, this time in the secondary. Despite picking off Alex Smith twice, he burned a secondary missing their best player, Asante Samuel. Smith lit up the third level for 309 yards and three touchdowns.

Crabtree also had a great game, catching nine balls for 105 yards a touchdown. Also Vernon Davis caught five balls for 105 yards and a touchdown.

STOPPING THE RUN — The run defense was much better this time around, holding Frank Gore to only 52 yards on 18 carries, less than three yards a carry. The only other carry by a Niner running back was ex-Eagle Brian Westbrook, who only had one carry for six yards. It was a much better outing than last week when they were run over by a poor Washington running attack.


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